, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 4 – The Kenya Red Cross Society now says 112 people have lost their lives countrywide due to floods being experienced as a result of the heavy rains.
Speaking during the launch of a Sh499 million emergency appeal to support affected families, Secretary General Abbas Gullet said 260,200 have been affected in 32 counties ravaged by the floods.
He says the worst affected counties include Tana River, Kilifi, Kisumu, Mandera, Isiolo, Turkana, Marsabit, Makueni and Kitui.
“The numbers that we can report here is 112 people have lost their lives countrywide, acreage of land destroyed is over 21,000 acres in various parts of the country which had crops. Almost over 20,000 livestock have been washed away. 42 health facilities have also been affected by the floods in various parts of the country,” he said.
Abbas says the organization is trying to assist those affected in the priority areas of shelter, food, Health, water and sanitation
“The number of schools submerged are even over 100 and a number of them have become the IDP camps where people have taken refuge,” he stated.
According to Gullet, 42 Health facilities are still affected by floods and cannot be accessed.
He said the organization is trying to assist those affected in priority areas of shelter, food, Health, water and sanitation.
Counties where roads have been badly damaged include Turkana, Baringo, Tana River, Garissa, Wajir, Mandera and Marsabit which have been rendered impassable.
Since the floods menace hit the country, Red Cross has been able to rescue 556 individuals and to assist close to 90,000 people with food and non food items.
30,000 people were reached with essential health services and treatment of minor injuries.
Approximately 25,000 people were reached with clean water.
Counties that have been worst affected include Tana River, Kilifi and Kisumu others are Mandera, Isiolo, Turkana, Marsabit, Makueni and Kitui Counties.